Buddha’s World: Vast Ocean of One Taste

By Rev. Miki Nakura

Shakyamuni Buddha, founder of Buddhism said, “Our lifetime is filled with suffering.” He sought a path to free our selves from suffering. He experienced total calmness through deep sitting meditation, awakening to universal truth leading to spiritual freedom. I think this kind of meditation can help us overcome our differences in today’s world. Continue reading “Buddha’s World: Vast Ocean of One Taste”

Berkeley’s Unique Obon

Berkeley Obon 2018

By Rev. Ken Yamada

A crowd of people wearing Japanese clothing recently formed a circle on a Berkeley, California, street and began dancing, following the Buddhist observance “Obon.” Even more unusual, this was a gathering of two different Jodo Shinshu Buddhist groups—Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji.

For more than 30 years, the two Berkeley temples have held a joint Obon dance, each alternating as host. This tradition is ironic considering their histories rooted in conflict that resulted in their split—twice. Continue reading “Berkeley’s Unique Obon”